The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has announced a new strategy to further help students learn in an increasingly-digital age. At a recent board meeting, Superintendent of Education Tania Sterling presented the Learning Technologies Strategic Plan, launched in recognition of Education Week.

Priorities of the plan include:

- Making virtual learning environments across all curriculum areas available for students,
- Making makerspaces available for all students,
- Offering Kindergarten to Grade 12 robotics and coding programs in all schools,
- Making augmented / virtual reality available for students in Grades 4-12,
- Ensuring all KPDSB students are aware of appropriate use of digital learning tools and online networks to ensure safety,
- Building capacity in future leaders,
- Continuing to gather student and stakeholder voice,
- Creating a shared vision with input from stakeholders.

“Gathering student and teacher voice to help shape where our plan can go next helps us ensure we are preparing our students for an ever-changing world, while keeping local needs and interests in mind,” said Sterling.

“We are proud of the exciting opportunities many of our educators are already creating for our students and this formal plan and renewed commitment from our Board of Trustees is going to help us scale up that innovation and provide access to dynamic opportunities across our entire system. We really do feel that technology, when used responsibly and creatively, has the potential to truly make teaching and learning boundless.”

The creation of the plan started with a 21 century gap analysis and needs assessment across the entire KPDSB. The assessment was conducted between October 2017 and April 2018, and included creating a survey for all staff and students on a variety of digital tools and practices and sending a delegation to staff to the BIT2017 Conference in Southern Ontario to network with other school boards across the province for their experiences in integrating digital tools into teaching, learning and leading.

Dryden High School student Aidan Scott recently came back from the provincial skills competition in Toronto, where he competed in the computer coding division.

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